December 21, 2019
On a seven-hour flight from New York to London, Jack Littlejohn gave up his first class seat so 88-year-old former nurse Violet could enjoy a little bit of luxury.
The Story Behind Why This Man Let A Complete Stranger Have His First Class Seat
A photo of Jack and Violet went viral when it was shared by Virgin Atlantic flight attendant Leah Barry on Facebook, who praised the 29-year-old for his kind gesture. “He sat on the row of seats directly next to the economy toilets and never made a peep or asked for anything the rest of the flight,” Leah wrote. “No fuss, no attention, [he] literally did it out of the kindness of his own heart.”
Violet was flying back to London Heathrow after visiting her daughter in New York. Jack was also returning from a family trip – he’d flown to NYC to attend his brother’s charity event, the World’s Big Sleep Out, which raises awareness of homelessness (generosity clearly runs in the family).
While Jack’s face was plastered across news sites after Leah’s post went viral, not much was known about the 29-year-old, from Stirling in Scotland, and his motivations for giving up his seat to a stranger. So HuffPost UK asked him about it.Related... 10 Items To Make Economy Feel Like First Class “I’ve never liked the idea of first class because I don’t like the inequality side-by-side and I don’t think it’s healthy for people who have to walk past all the nice seats to the normal seats,” Jack tells us. “It’s also a metaphor for how society is going, with the inequality just rising and rising.”
Jack explained his mum had purchased the Upper Class seat – basically Virgin’s version of first class – as a surprise for everyone on the way back from the charity event, which saw them sleep rough in Times Square. He was travelling home with his mum, her partner and her best friend. When he was told he’d been upgraded, Jack joked he was going to give his seat away. But when he got on the flight, he realised how nice it would be if he actually did gift his seat to a stranger.
“Before the flight was about to take off, I went for a jaunt through Economy,” Jack recalls. “I was searching for someone cool to give it to – and then I saw Violet, an elderly Jamaican woman, who you could just tell was really sweet.”
Jack sat on the armrest of a nearby seat and asked Violet if she was travelling alone. When she said she was, he responded: “I’d like to give you my seat.”
After explaining what Upper Class actually was – the cabins feature leather seats that double up as beds and have the benefit of free food and drink – Violet reluctantly agreed.
“There was a girl beside her who nudged her and said, ‘it’s very nice up there, I think you should take it’,” Jack recalls. “So she said, ‘ok I’ll do it’. We gathered up her bags, told the hostess and then jaunted back down the plane to the seat.”Related... This Hindu Family Invites Lonely Locals To Their Shop On Christmas Day When they got back to his seat, there was a bottle of complimentary water on the table which Violet asked if she was allowed to have. “It was quite nice,” says Jack, “she was very appreciative.”
Meanwhile Jack went back to Economy to sit in what had formerly been Violet’s seat – “It was fine to be honest,” he says. “I was very tired. It was a normal flight, I slept for most of it.”
According to flight attendant Leah, who managed to have a chat with Violet, the 88-year-old hadn’t been able to visit her daughter in New York for a while because she’d had a knee replacement. “You should have seen her face, when I tucked her in her bed after supper,” said Leah. “She said her daughter won’t believe her. Her dream had always been to sit at the front, and Jack made that come true.”
Jack says it’s not just small acts of kindness the world needs, but systematic change to improve equality. “I think Virgin is a good example,” he adds. “They’ve got quite a lot of good PR from this, their name has been attached to this story and it’s gone around the world.
“I would love to see them give Violet, who is 88 years old, free Upper Class flights for the rest of her life to see her daughter in New York.
“For the amount [of publicity] they’ve received for this story, it would cost them – in relative terms – pennies.”
When asked why it’s important to him to help others and be kind, Jack replies: “At the end of the day, what else is there to do?”
HuffPost UK has asked to be put in contact with Violet. We will update this piece if we hear back.Related... Your Guide To Bagging The Right Suitcase For Your Next Holiday These 5 Tips Could Stop You Getting The Lurgy On A Plane How To Organise A Group Holiday Without Killing Each Other
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Oscar 2020

See the list of 2020 Oscar Nominations including best picture, best actors and actresses, and more.

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films of 2019 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Tyler Cameron surprises fans w/ultimate Valentine’s Day blind taste test | Page Six Celebrity News
February 13, 2020
RwNIvxbkaWA
Testing Gwyneth Paltrow's 'Vagina' Candle And Other Goop Products | Page Six Celebrity News
February 12, 2020
icD2-4ofnXk
How Adam Driver and Brad Pitt's height stacks up to other Oscar men | Page Six Celebrity News
February 08, 2020
OhHs22XYrnc
'Outlander' Cast Reveals What to Expect This Season
February 15, 2020
K4klRSTpDIM
Issa Rae Teases 'Insecure' Season Four and Her Romance Film 'The Photograph'
February 15, 2020
onEO5NgmLjc
Harvey Weinstein's Closing Argument: 'Women Need to Take Responsibility for Their Actions'
February 13, 2020
3yfUxASXNvE
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Caught on NBA All-Star Game Kiss Cam | E! News
February 18, 2020
IP3K41-Feg8
Jennifer Lopez Shares Sexy Bikini Selfie: "Relaxed and Recharged" | E! News
February 16, 2020
fy4UKL7pU0w
Former "Love Island" Host Caroline Flack Found Dead at Age 40 | E! News
February 15, 2020
vnY28W1wSH0
Desiigner Falls Off Stage While Performing | TMZ
February 18, 2020
tfDwe6q7EvE
Mama June and Geno Doak Spotted at Florida Golden Corral | TMZ NEWSROOM
February 18, 2020
wuTtB2ZVEI0
Keanu Reeves Filming 'Matrix 4' in San Francisco | TMZ TV
February 18, 2020
aCoA2rad6YU
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
17
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Manchester United
17
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Torino
16
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Aston Villa - Tottenham Hotspur
16
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Inter Milan
16
Feb
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Madrid - Celta Vigo
16
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Newcastle United
16
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Cagliari - Napoli
16
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Brescia
15
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Norwich City - Liverpool
15
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Roma
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k tudKp5Vhs3k iwWHibhssSo kQr0XHPbICM 5NeCb7JxaRk u5xQKdNqazE 56CdjlzJqSA kw7uFRs-Az0 xNv0JZWLV7w j_x1lr04a6Q lrYGH-drP8s
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.